Evolving architectural aspects important in my design process:
SIMPLICITY OF FORM AND ARCHITECTURAL GESTURES
Doing more with less. Instead of trying to make so many design moves or make a project be too many things, my intention (and challenge) is to exercise restraint and simplify the signals that I give to the person experiencing the architecture, reserving significant gestures for special moments so that they are appreciated, and giving space to breathe in between.
EXPERIENTIAL RESPONSIVENESS IN DESIGN
Designing for the experience of the client, the user, instead of for myself or other architects/designers. I hope to focus more of my design thinking on the feeling of the space, what it does to people and why. The experience of looking through a window is more important than what the window looks like itself.
MATERIAL INTEGRITY AND HONESTY
I appreciate projects that feel real and I hope to practice that awareness of material integrity. Walking through a stone colonnade and knowing it is stone vs. wondering if it is a synthetic material that just looks like it might be stone are two very different experiences. I want to be a part of experiences that feel real.
LOW LEVELS OF PRESCRIPTIVENESS, MINIMAL ARCHITECTURAL INTERVENTIONS
We, as architects can design too much. We can solve the “problem” too well in that our clients and users of our buildings don’t have the opportunity to choose their own way to interact with the spaces and built structures. Offering areas of openness where there is not a prescribed way to circulate or use the space opens up a higher sense of engagement and participation within an architectural experience.
SOCIAL CONNECTION/COLLABORATIVE DESIGN
As architects and designers I believe that we have a responsibility to engage in social issues and to use our knowledge and skills to better the lives of others. I am particularly interested in the power of collaborative design especially with low income and socially marginalized and dis-invested communities where architect and user engage in creative dialogue to come to a solution together, learning from each other in the process.